Amarinder Singh fails to keep his flock together

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Ever since Captain Amarinder Singh took over the reins of party in Punjab, senior Congress leaders not amused by his leadership skills and coterie started to desert the party one after another.

It started with Former Punjab Congress spokesperson Sukhpal Singh Khaira resignation, who joined AAP few months back. This was followed by the expulsion of former legislator and deputy speaker of Punjab Vidhan Sabha – Bir Devinder Singh for six years, three days back. On Monday, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee expelled former MP Jagmeet Singh Brar from the primary membership of the party.

Brar was expelled from the Congress by its national general secretary Shakeel Ahmad. Several senior Punjab Congress leaders, including some legislators, have been seeking Brar’s expulsion from the party for gross indiscipline and rebellious activities.

While justifying the expulsion, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee President Capt Amarinder Singh said,” it was important since Mr Brar was getting more and more defiant with each passing day and sending wrong signals at a critical moment and creating confusion among the party ranks. We tried to give him a long rope and overlooked his defiance for a long time, hoping he may mend himself.”

Capt Amarinder said, “He (Brar) scripted his own expulsion during the course of last three months by deliberately slighting down his own party and praising our political opponents like the Akali Dal and the Aam Aadmi Party”.

The PCC president said, the expulsion will convey the right message that nobody is above the party and party and its discipline are supreme and non-negotiable. However political scientists believe the developments are not in favour of the Congress, especially when Aam Admi Party is emerging as a major factor in state. AAP had won four out of the thirteen Parliamentary seats in General elections.

“Party is busy infighting, while it should be taking on the rivals on contentious issues,” says a Senior Congress leader.

The state Congress, along with their election strategist Prashant Kishor, is eyeing 2017 assembly elections. On lines of BJP’s “Chai Par Charcha” former chief minister is interacting with youth over “Coffee with Captain”. However situation is as tricky for Kishore as it is for Congress.

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